Colin Firth Drops Out of "Paddington"

Posted Tuesday June 17, 2014 4:22 PM GMT

We just got our first full taste of the film last week, and now it looks like "Paddington" is undergoing some big changes.

On Tuesday (June 17), Colin Firth announced that he will no longer voice the cuddly bear.

“It’s been bittersweet to see this delightful creature take shape and come to the sad realization that he simply doesn’t have my voice,” Colin said in a statement. “I’ve had the joy of seeing most of the film and it’s going to be quite wonderful. I still feel rather protective of this bear and I’m pestering them all with suggestions for finding a voice worthy of him.”

Director Paul King added, “Colin Firth has been a joy to collaborate with and I cannot thank him enough for his contribution to Paddington. We love the voice and we love the bear – but as our young bear came into being we agreed that the two didn’t seem to fit. So, with somewhat heavy hearts we decided to part ways. We are excited about the next chapter for Paddington, ensuring his big-screen debut is magnificent.”

"Paddington" is due out in theaters on Christmas Day.

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